What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a feeling of nervousness, apprehension, fear, or worry. Some fears and worries are justified, such as worry about a loved one or in anticipation of taking a quiz, test, or other examination. Problem anxiety interferes with the sufferer's ability to sleep or otherwise function. It is noteworthy that teenagers are particularly susceptible to having irritability as a symptom of a number of emotional problems, including anxiety. Anxiety may occur without a cause, or it may occur based on a real situation but may be out of proportion to what would normally be expected. Severe anxiety can have a serious impact on daily life.

Anxiety can be accompanied by a variety of physical symptoms. Most commonly, these symptoms are related to the heart, lungs, nervous, and gastrointestinal systems. You may have upset stomach, diarrhea, trouble breathing, feel as if you may faint or are having a heart attack.

Anxiety Cause
Problem anxiety may be caused by a mental condition, a physical condition, the effects of drugs, or from a combination of these. Conditions as varied as anemia, asthma attack, infection, drug intoxication or withdrawal, or a number of heart conditions are just a few examples of medical problems that can be associated with anxiety.

Common types of anxiety include these mental conditions:

Panic disorder: In addition to attacks of anxiety, called panic attacks, common symptoms of panic disorders are stomach upset, palpitations (feeling your heart beat), dizziness, and shortness of breath. These same symptoms also can be caused by caffeine consumption, an overactive thyroid, abnormal heart rhythms, and other heart abnormalities (such as mitral valve prolapse). The panic attack sufferer may experience their mind going blank or that they somehow do not feel real, in that they feel as if they are looking at themselves from outside of themselves. In order to qualify for the diagnosis of panic disorder, the individual would experience repeated panic attacks rather than just one episode. 

Generalized anxiety disorder: Those who endure this condition experience numerous worries that are more often on the mind of the sufferer than not. Those worries interfere with the person's ability to sleep or otherwise function.

Phobic disorders: People with phobias experience irrational fear that may rise to the level of panic attacks in response to a specific thing or situation. Examples of phobias include fears of spiders, insects in general, open spaces, closed-in spaces, air travel, heights, and social anxiety.

Obsessive compulsive disorder: Individuals with this condition either suffer from intrusive and distressing thoughts (obsessions) or engage in irresistible, often repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Examples of obsessions include worries about germs or having items in a particular order. Examples of compulsions include counting items or activities, avoiding walking on cracks, or avoiding touching doorknobs.

Separation anxiety disorder: Considered a disorder of children, separation anxiety disorder can be diagnosed when a child becomes extremely anxious in response to anticipating or being separated from one or more care giving adults (usually a parent). The separation may come with the child's going to school each day or going to bed each evening, for example.

Stress disorders

These common external factors can cause anxiety:

  1. Stress at work
  2. Stress from school
  3. Stress in a personal relationship such as marriage or friendships
  4. Financial stress
  5. Stress from an emotional trauma such as the death of a loved one, a natural disaster, victimization by crime, physical abuse or sexual abuse (for example, acute stress disorder or post traumatic stress disorder)
  6. Stress from a serious medical illness
  7. Side effects of medication
  8. Intoxication (being "high" on) with an illicit drug, such as cocaine or amphetamines
  9. Withdrawal from an illicit drug, such as opiates (for example, heroin) or from prescription drugs like Vicodin, benzodiazepines, or barbituates
  10. Symptoms of a medical illness
  11. Lack of oxygen: In circumstances as diverse as high altitude sickness, emphysema, or pulmonary embolism (a blood clot with the vessels of the lung)

Symptoms

Panic disorder: recurrent episodes of panic attacks, worry about having an attack, about what it means, or changing the way one behaves because of the panic attacks for at least a month. Panic attacks are separate and intense periods of fear or feelings of doom developing over a very short time frame—10 minutes—and they're associated with at least four of the following:

  1. Palpitations
  2. Sweating
  3. Trembling
  4. Shortness of breath
  5. Sense of choking
  6. Chest pain
  7. Nausea or other stomach upset
  8. Dizziness
  9. A feeling of being detached from the world (derealization)
  10. Being unable to think, feeling as if the mind has gone blank
  11. Fear of dying
  12. Numbness or tingling
  13. Chills or hot flashes

Self-Care at Home

In certain cases, you may treat anxiety at home without the involvement of a doctor. These are limited to anxiety attacks of short duration in which you know the cause, the anxiety is short, it goes away by itself, and the cause can be eliminated. For example, you may be anxious over an upcoming public performance, a final exam, or a pending job interview. In such circumstances, stress may be relieved by such actions as these:

  1. Picturing yourself successfully facing and conquering the specific fear
  2. Talking with a supportive person
  3. Meditation
  4. Watching TV
  5. Taking a long, warm bath
  6. Resting in a dark room
  7. Deep-breathing exercises

Prevention

Prevention of anxiety essentially involves an awareness of life's stresses and your own ability to cope with them. This can often be a difficult task in our busy and hectic 21st century. In essence, you might develop coping mechanisms for all of life's stresses. Strategies might include these: 

  1. Physical well-being through exercise, healthy eating habits, and adequate rest

  2. Avoiding the use of caffeine, illicit drugs, or the inappropriate use of stimulants or other prescription medications

  3. Meditation

  4. Relaxation exercises including deep breathing

  5. Visualization

Homoeopathic Treatment

Anxiety calls for the treatment which should address the emotional stress, the stress coping system and the fear. This is what homeopathy attempts doing exactly. The scientific and documented study shows that the homeopathic treatment helps achieve:

  1. Soothing of mind

  2. Slowing down of negative emotions such as anxiety, sadness, frustration, hyperactivity, anger, restlessness, etc.

  3. Helping body's stress coping system

  4. Alleviating the abnormal hypersensitivity of the mind

  5. Relieving the symptoms of nervousness

  6. Enhancing level of joyous state of mind

  7. Individualistic approach whereby every patient is treated based on one's case.